I went through a phase a while back when I was obsessed with tofu lettuce wraps. It all started because I had PF Chang's vegetarian lettuce wraps for the first time and couldn't believe I had missed out on them all those years. I made so many different recipes trying to mimic PF Chang's lettuce wraps, but I never could quite get it. I finally realized that there are still plenty of fantastic lettuce wrap recipes out there, even if they don't taste exactly like the ones I was trying to copy. I couldn't get enough... or so I thought- I made them so much I had to take a break. As my dad would've said, it was too much of a good thing. So I haven't made them in a while... until tonight.
Tofu Lettuce Wraps
head of iceberg lettuce
1 block extra firm tofu, pressed, diced in small pieces
1 tablespoon tamari (or soy sauce)
1 8-oz can water chestnuts, finely diced
1 small onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons mirin
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon sesame oil
additional soy sauce, to taste
sweet chili sauce, for dipping
Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Spray with non-stick spray, add tofu and cook for about 10 minutes, flipping with a spatula occasionally. Midway through, add 1 tablespoon of tamari. Remove from pan and set aside.
Saute the onion, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes, until the onion is soft and browned. Add the mirin and let cook for another 3 minutes. Then add the water chestnuts, hoisin sauce, yellow mustard, and sesame oil. Stir and let cook for another minute. Add the tofu and gently stir. Add additional tamari if desired. Remove from heat. Serve with the iceberg lettuce leaves (stuff the mixture in them like a taco) and sweet chili sauce for dipping.
If you don't know how to press tofu, here is how I do it.
I served these lettuce wraps with brown rice. I added sauteed onions, garlic, and ginger to it, along with cooked peas and a few dashes of soy sauce.
Have you ever made a recipe over and over until you had too much of a good thing?